This afternoon two book orders will be coming home. Orders are due no later than next Friday, November 12. If you choose to place an order, please include your payment in the form of a check payable to Scholastic Books.
Also, spelling homework is due tomorrow. We will also have a spelling test. I forgot to remind the students but it is written in their planner!
In math we continued converting linear measurements. I met with several small groups and practiced converting feet to inches using white boards. We will have a short quiz tomorrow. Please look over the scored work that comes home in your child's binder...many students are being careless in their classwork. PLEASE discuss this with your child...we need the students to SLOW down...there is no prize for finishing early!! :-)
We began reading by reviewing how to extract important information from text. I am encouraging students to think about the title and the topic when they are determining what is important. We also looked at two similar (but different) pieces of writing done by third graders. The students met in small groups to determine which piece had a clear topic and developed it best with great, juicy details. After that we discussed the importance of having a clear topic and including great ideas to support the topic.
While I met with reading groups the students worked on written comprehension questions for their reading group books. They also finished reading the National Geographic article and identified 3-4 more important pieces of information.
Blue: We began a new book called Giraffes. Today we worked with white boards to practice new words. Then we identified text features in the book and orally explained how they help us/what information they provide the reader. HW: Read up to page 9 and then write 3 sentences in their RRJ using the chart on page 9.
Red: We began a new book called Platypus. We practiced writing new words on white boards. Then we identified text features in the book. Tonight they need to read the entire book and list as many text features as they can find in their RRJ.
Green: We began a new book called Penguins on Parade. We identified text features in the book and explained how they help the reader. For homework the students need to read the entire book and list as many text features as they can find in their RRJ.
Following lunch and indoor recess the students visited the media center and continued their Cynthia Rylant author study.
When they returned to class they read a paragraph about the production of jeans and listed three producers that are involved in the production of jeans.
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